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Ji Yeo's Beauty Recovery Room Project Might Make You Look At Plastic Surgery Differently

14/08/2014 16:41 | Updated 20 May 2015

Did you ever, as a teenager, look in the mirror and focus on all the bits of your body you really didn't like?

Everything would be better - perfect, even - if those bits were slimmer, narrower, smaller, perter.

One person who understands this type of thinking is South Korean artist Ji Yeo. She saw many plastic surgeons in her late teens in a bid to achieve her dream of completely changing her body.

Ji Yeo Beauty Recovery Room

But rather than multiple surgeries, the result of this was her Beauty Recovery Room project - a series of photographs documenting 10 women, still bandaged, post-plastic surgery in the limbo between previous and changed.

In return for their agreement to be photographed, Yeo helped look after her subjects who needed assistance in the days following their procedures.

The pictures, although perhaps not for the faint-hearted, are compelling and eye-opening. If you ever thought happiness could be achieved through replicating Jennifer Lawrence's nose or Kerry Washington's smile, they might make you might think twice before changing what you've got.

The interesting thing about these pictures is they shed light on part of the plastic surgery process rarely seen.

Changing our bodies and appearance is such an accepted part of Western culture these days, what you actually have to put your body through to get bigger breasts, a different nose or smaller waist can be forgotten.

Personally, I can see why these women endured the pain, the uncertainty and the chance of disappointment that comes hand-in-hand with plastic surgery. I was one of those teenagers who pulled at her hips, dreamed of higher cheekbones, longed for a better chin.

Would I still jump at the chance to change my body in such a dramatic way, 13 years on? I'm not sure, but I'm really glad I've seen these pictures.

What do you think? Would you have plastic surgery and has it ever occurred to you before? Tweet us @MyDailyUK.

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